My 2011 Lexus IS250 has had problems with engine lights coming on and running out of gas before the tank is empty. It has run out of gas on three different occasions. All three times the engine light had come on, but the mileage to empty was at 13, 9, and 8 miles. When I actually filled the tank the most I have been able to put in the tank was 15.2 gallons, when the manual says it holds 17.2 gallons. One time I was only able to put in 14.7 gallons,meaning the tank supposedly had 2.5 gallons of gas in the tank.
There was a check engine light on the first time for certain, but the dealership was “unable to replicate the results” and it hasn’t been fixed. It’s at the dealership now, as my local mechanic Googled the engine light code and said it was entirely fixable, but the fix was a trial and error situation,and that it might take 2-3 days to go through the entire process. His take on it was that they knew it would take a long time to fix, and since it was a warranty repair,they simply didn’t want to take the time unless I pushed the issue. So we shall see.
As for those that say I should buy gas immediately after the Low Gas light comes on,why is it every car I’ve owned in the last 15 years has NEVER run out of gas unless I am stupid enough to go past (WAY past) the amount of miles the dash says I can drive. I bought one of the supposedly most reliable cars in the world and I get anxiety whenever the damn Low Gas light comes on now and start looking for a gas station immediately. The point is, it’s never happened before with lots less expensive cars.
As far as the gasoline statement, the service consultant asked me where I bought gas. I said Costco about 80% of the time, and if I wasn’t close enough, a Kroger or Valero. He then stated that I should always buy gas at a name-brand station, i.e., Exxon,Chevron, Shell, etc. I told him this was ridiculous,as I have read several places that the gas is tested so much that buying bad gas is usually a fluke (though it did happen to me once) and you are simply paying for the name at the Big Oil company stations. Opinions?
Two other problems. The paint started to peel on the bumper and I happened to ask my local mechanic about it and he immediately said that it had been repainted and not very well at that. I then drove to a body shop guy I have known and trusted for years and he also immediately pointed out the poor job that was done. Even the service consultant, when I asked him to check it out, ran his hand on the bumper and pointed out a bump and said that it had not only been repainted, there was other repairs done.
BTW, this is a car that had a clean Car Fax and is a Certified Lexus. I am disgusted that I have bought and paid a lot of money for a Certified car,and now find it’s been repainted and wrecked ( and I don’t know to what extent), and wonder what I can do. The fuel system problems (there has been another Check Engine Light that points to an engine misfire) add to my disgust as to my situation.
Sorry for the rant but I got on a roll. Any opinions or suggestions?